Jade River: A History of the MahurangiRonald H Locker
First published 2001. Published online 2014–. This online edition is a work in progress…
Pages 129in printed edition
Darrachs and Darrochs of Colonsay and Kintyre
The next two shipbuilding families on the Mahurangi Harbour, and the most notable, shared a common ancestry.
The names Darroch and Darrach are but variant spellings of the same name. They represent a clan in Argyll of Clan McDonald of the Isles. The family pronunciations of the name, respectively “Darrock” and “Darra” have strayed from the true Scots, and should both end with a guttural “-gh” sound, as in “loch”.
The Darrochs came from Kintyre, the peninsula enclosing the outer Firth of Clyde. George Darroch called his homestead at Marriage Bay, Cantyre, which is the spelling given the peninsula in my Bartholomews’ Atlas of 1912.
The Darrachs came, via Prince Edward Island, Canada, from the 139-times smaller island of Colonsay, northwest of Kintyre.
In the Mahurangi, the Darrochs and Darrachs were doomed to perpetual misdeliveryas published 2001: two families were doomed to perpetual mixing up of their mail.